Those Guys Have All the Fun - Tom Shales & James Andrew Miller

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By Tom Shales & James Andrew Miller

  • Release Date: 2011-05-24
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors
Score: 4
From 885 Ratings


Free Download Those Guys Have All the Fun Ebook. In the exclusive behind the scenes look, sports fans can unlock the fascinating history of the channel that changed the way people watch and interact with their favorite teams.
It began, in 1979, as a mad idea of starting a cable channel to televise local sporting events throughout the state of Connecticut. Today, ESPN is arguably the most successful network in modern television history, spanning eight channels in the Unites States and around the world. But the inside story of its rise has never been fully told-until now.

Drawing upon over 500 interviews with the greatest names in ESPN's history and an All-Star collection of some of the world's finest athletes, bestselling authors James Miller and Tom Shales take us behind the cameras. Now, in their own words, the men and women who made ESPN great reveal the secrets behind its success-as well as the many scandals, rivalries, off-screen battles and triumphs that have accompanied that ascent. From the unknown producers and business visionaries to the most famous faces on television, it's all here.


  • Great Read

    By akosnitzky
    Very comprehensive book covering key areas of the story. The authors were informative and covered a balanced perspective. It seemed that while much of ESPN success relied on careful research and planning, other outcomes arrived from luck. I really enjoyed the book.
  • Very good content

    By Giancarlo_h
    When you read something you remember it get very iteresting and very fun but it come part when you literally fall a sleep reading, but overall you enjoy knowing how things got started in ESPN.
  • Keith Olbermann was on Sports Center?

    By Daddy-ONO
    I am obviously one of those people who have been paying the $4.00 a month to my cable company and have never watched ESPN programming. So this book was like a revelation to me. My sports information has come to me over the radio, initially from Jim Rome (because of the UCSB/Santa Barbara connection) and later from Dan Patrick (when I grew up.) I am a lifetime NFL fan. I watched when the American Football League was first broadcast to let you know just how long I have been a fan of professional football. I have only been to three live NFL games over the the course of my life so I am a fan by way of television. Then my satellite company starts it's own station an on it is the Dan Patrick Show. On this show I start to hear references to "The Mothership" and Keith Olbermann. I hear Dan ask Rich Eisen about "Mark Shapiro" coming over to the NFL Network. I realize that he is referencing a time when he worked for ESPN. ESPN? Aren't those the guys who completely borked my Monday Night Football? Who fired John Madden and Al Michaels? Who are those guys? Turns out those guys are having all the fun. That is, all the fun you can have without actually playing sports. I knew people were addicted to gambling and porn but this book really opened my eyes to the huge (apologies to the Donald) economy of the sports world. My viewing choices are being manipulated by economic forces that I cannot control. Why all the networks now have sports channels. Why I can't watch Dan Patrick anymore because I switched my satellite provider. So read this book. It is as great an American success story as Apple Computer. It shows why this is the country of both opportunity and avarice. There are things that we do better here than anywhere else in the world and can export to world markets. Like iBooks.
  • Those Guys Have All the Fun

    By TFerguson23
    The inside information was interesting, but the grouping of topics was horrible! In addition, it was repetitive. I found myself skimming the last 300 pages for topics I was interested in. It is too bad because I think a good editor could have changed my review to 4 out of 5 stars. Disappointing!
  • Good, but could have been better.

    By Midiexpert
    I was eager to read this book, expecting to learn a lot about the inner workings of ESPN, and the people who worked there. Although there was some of that, there was even more of the business side of things, which, while important, was not as compelling as the other, more personal stuff. I also found the transitions from the narrative accounts to the italicized, objective sections. At times there was little or no connection to these sections, and it seemed that the authors abruptly changed the subject, when there could have been so much more of the "juicy" stuff. I was less interested in the financial dealings, more into the programmatic and personality angles. And although there were some frank accounts that were less than complimentary, it seemed like the authors were a little bit too much "homers" in their point of view. I mean, I accept the fact that ESPN has made a lot of money via broadcasting NASCAR and soccer, but frankly I would guess that the vast majority of viewers fine that ESPN promotes these fringe sports to build an audience and fill time, rather than accurately reflect what it's audience wants. When NASCAR comes on, I change the station. I think the book should have focused more on how the network tries to create interest to serve it's own financial goals. Also, no mention of the birth of the other sports networks such as NFL, MLB, etc. I would have liked to learn how ESPN felt about this competition, and how they dealt with my mind, ESPN has lost it's luster, and yet the book ends on a very high note. Maybe they are making more money now, but my personal view of the network is that they do a less than stellar job compared to the other sports networks.
  • Great!!

    By Revlis77
    Who would have thought the history of a simple cable channel could be so interesting? The narrative flow of this book makes you feel like you've been a part of ESPN since its inception! I can't wait for volume two 25 years from now!! Roll on ESPN!
  • Great book

    By Weasels13
    Excellent reading. I guess Mark Shapiro was a dick. And mike tirico is the worst!
  • Espn book so so

    By trashrocker307
    The first half of the book was great. Packed with insight from the creation of the network. Very interesting story. Alas, the book went off the cliff about 3/4 of the way through. Once the story got to the 2000's, the tale became very dis jointed and unrelated. It felt like more like tons of short stories than a woven story. Usually a story builds and then ends with a crescendo, however' this book did the opposite - knocked you out right from the start then the story faded out to a soft ending. 3 out of 5 rating
  • Exactly what you'd want it to be.

    By rborkows
    It's exactly what you'd want a book about ESPN to be, and it really shines in telling the story of how ESPN went from a mad idea into The Worldwide Leader it is today.
  • great book!!!!

    By ilikesadie
    this book is a great read that has outstanding stories about ESPN. a bit long, but overall, worth it.